Judiciary have a duty to protect the weak -- Martin
Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00
MORE justice and more equality. That is what politicians and the legal profession must strive towards, Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said in an address yesterday to mark the opening of the legal term.
Quoting Pope Benedict, he reminded members of the judiciary in his homily at St Michan's Catholic church that they had a duty to protect the weak.
The congregation included Supreme and High Court judges, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, Attorney General Maire Whelan and members of the judiciary from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Warning against overlooking the "fundamental values" which had held our society together, he said the Constitution had "proven to be a document capable of guaranteeing rights and curbing power, including the power of the State".
In a separate homily at St Michan's Church of Ireland, the Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson said we could learn a lesson about the alienation felt by some sectors of society from the recent riots in London and Birmingham.
He told the congregation, including President Mary McAleese and Chief Justice Susan Denham, that the looting was "perhaps the next stage in a response to celebrity culture and the cult of the unattainable."
"Flipping the pancake of consumerism at home in another round of Celtic Tigerism will not create society, or indeed community, out of the fragments of alienation," he said.